Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Halo

Rocket League launches for Xbox One with Halo, Gears goodies

Rocket League (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Xbox One Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Psyonix’s popular driving-soccer hybrid Rocket League has launched for Xbox One. The $19.99 action-heavy sports title is being released through ID@Xbox and was co-developed by Panic Button Games. The new version features several extras, including two system-exclusive battle-cars—the Halo ‘HogSticker’ and the Gears of War ‘Armadillo’—and Garage items based on Halo, Gears of War, and Sunset Overdrive. The package is also bundled with three previously released download packs: Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Chaos Run. A full run down of everything added is listed below.

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Halo 5: Guardians free DLC, Infinity’s Armory, now available

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343 Industries has released their latest free content update for Halo 5: Guardians. Infinity’s Armory adds new maps (Riptide for Arena, Urban for Warzone Assault), assassinations, skins, weapons, including carbine variations and the Halo 2 Battle Rifle, and the Achilles armor set. The update also features numerous gameplay tweaks and fixes. A full change log can be found at Halo Waypoint.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Infinity’s Armory detailed, launching next week

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343 Industries is prepping to release their third content update for Halo 5: Guardians, Infinity’s Armory. The download will include a new Arena map, the debris-filled Riptide; a new Warzone Assault Map, Urban; and the Halo 2 Battle Rifle as a Mythic REQ in Warzone and in Forge. Those are in addition to several other REQs, including rare variants of the carbine, new assassinations, and the Achilles armor set. Infinity’s Armory will be free, as with Cartographer’s Gift and Battle of Shadow and Light, and download automatically next week.

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Activision Blizzard acquires Major League Gaming

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Activision Blizzard is expanding their eSport footprint with the acquisition of Major League Gaming. MLG is over 12 years old with over nine million registered users, and hosts more than 180 players throughout its operated events. The league’s live-streaming capabilities will be used to augment Activision Blizzard’s Media Networks division. According to the announcement, MLG will still run MLG.tv, MLG Pro Circuit, and GameBattles, as well as continue working with its current partners and other publishers.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Cartographer’s Gift free content update detailed

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343 Industries is rolling out the second free update for Halo 5: Guardians this week, Cartographer’s Gift. Following up Battle of Shadow and Light, the upcoming add-on will feature Forge Mode, new weapon (M41 “SPNKr” Rocket Launcher) and armor set (Mark IV [Gen 1]) REQs, and four new maps. The maps are spread across several modes: The Battle of Noctus for Warzone, Overgrowth for Arena, and the other two, Antifreeze and Entombed, for Big Team Battle. Cartographer’s Gift will download automatically when it goes live in a few days.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Battle of Shadow and Light update goes live

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Halo 5: Guardians’ first free content update, Battle of Shadow and Light, is now available for download. The update adds 48 new REQs that feature a new assassin animation, skins, weapons, vehicles, and armor sets (Shinobi and Tracer). The 8v8 mode Big Team Battle has also been added along with four new Big Team Battle maps: Basin, Deadlock, Guillotine, and Recurve. 343 Industries has noted that, while the Big Team Battle playlist is good to go, the new REQs could take up to 24 hours to work their way into the system. The studio also released additional notes about the update on Halo Waypoint.

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Halo 5: Guardians’ free Battle of Shadow and Light update detailed

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343 Industries has announced that they will soon be rolling out the first free content update for Halo 5: Guardians. Scheduled to launch later this month, Battle of Shadow and Light will add 48 new REQs, a new assassin animation, and Big Team Battle maps. The new REQs include the ninja-themed Shinobi armor, the legendary Dying Star Light Rifle, Tundra- and Woodland-themed skins, and the Tracer armor set. The new 8v8 Big Team Battle playlist will go live next week with four maps that have been revamped to offer greater mobility: Deadlock, Basin, Guillotine, and Recurve.

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Halo 5: Guardians launch sets series, system, and streaming records

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A week after its launch, Microsoft has announced that Halo 5: Guardians is “the biggest Halo launch,” taking in more than $400 million in global sales. Guardians is also the fastest-selling system exclusive to date, as well as the most played title on Xbox Live for the week, totaling nine million hours played in nearly seven million matches. Throughout the matches, players got their hands on over 45 million REQ Packs consisting of over 568 million cards. Lastly, Guinness World Records has given the title as the most-watched video game launch broadcast, with over 330,000 unique streams generating over 5.5 million views for the week. Many of the launch events have been archived and uploaded to Xbox.com.

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(Xbox One Review) Halo 5: Guardians

(Xbox One Review) Halo 5: Guardians

“… a solid entry that doesn’t break the mold but manages to sufficiently shake things up.”

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Xbox One Reviews

The Chief is back! Halo 5: Guardians available for Xbox One

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Master Chief is reporting for duty today with the release of Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries’ latest is a game of cat and mouse as Spartan Locke and fireteam Osiris pursue Master Chief and his squad. New to the series is the Requisition System for multiplayer. Players purchase packs of digital cards to unlock weapons, customization options, vehicles, and variants for use in Warzone and in Arena (well, cosmetics and boosts in Arena). A few pics from the various global launch events have been posted below.

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